A young family with their five-year-old son returns to Hungary after a year spent in Scotland where, contrary to their expectations, they weren’t able to settle down, and now in the need for shelter are paying an unexpected visit to their relatives in the middle of the night. It soon becomes clear that the two families had never really been in tune with one another while they share same feeling of unhappiness with their circumstances on its own way.
It’s Not The Time of My Life is an uncompromising intimate and ironic study of two young families where the basic human need for closeness with others and all attempts to express it fails and often creates sad and funny situations that can be found at almost every family.
“When we talk about ourselves we talk about other people too as our problems are familiar and relationships and the experience of raising the kids is mostly the same. We only mirror the problems on our own refined way.” (Director’s statement)
Initiated as a theatre play and adapted to a film, this story has been filmed in one authentic apartment by 13 of Hajdu’s films school students and they share the credit for its cinematography. Belonging to the same generation of film making talent as Mundruczó, Pálfi and Fliegauf, Szabolcs Hajdu delivers the story of a family whose painful, naked truths and relationships unravel in front of us in a tragic-comic manner that draws faithfully on the work of Cassavetes and Bergman.